Sacramento Kings hire Mike Malone as head coach

Former Golden State Warriors assistant coach Mike Malone has agreed to take over as the Sacramento King’s new head coach, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Malone’s new four-year deal with the Kings is for more than $2 million annually. He’ll replace Keith Smart – who was informed Thursday that he wouldn’t be brought back – as the team’s head coach. The Kings still owe Smart $2.5 million for next season.

Prior to signing on with the Kings, Malone has been the top assistant to Warriors head coach Mark Jackson over the past two seasons. Malone has also spent time as an assistant for New Orleans and Cleveland. He’s expected to bring his father, Brendan Malone, to Sacramento as his assistant coach.

Now that they’ve filled their coaching vacancy, the Kings can focus their attention on landing a new general manager.

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